Mindy McCready burst onto the country music scene in 1996 with the double-platinum debut album "Ten Thousand Angels," earning her a legion of female fans for her music's sass and sensibility.
She earned her only No. 1 the same year with "Guys Do It All the Time," a smackdown at sexism. Her performance earned comparisons to crossover sensation Shania Twain.
She spent 16 years trying to recapture her chart-topping success -- only to have it undone by drugs, alcohol and a volatile love life. The 37-year-old singer died Sunday, apparently of a self-inflicted gun shot wound.
A look at McCready's long, tortured journey:
McCready is arrested and charged with filling a fraudulent prescription for the pain killer OxyContin at a Nashville, Tennessee, pharmacy. Later that year, she pleads guilty and is sentenced to three years' supervised probation. She also is fined $4,000 and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.
In May, the country singer is arrested and charged with drunken driving in Nashville. That same month, her ex-boyfriend, Billy McKnight, is charged with attempted murder after allegedly breaking in her home and beating her.
McCready testifies against McKnight, who later serves a 30-day sentence after pleading guilty to assault.
In July, she is charged with identity fraud and using her celebrity to obtain two boats under false circumstances. That same month, she is found unconscious from a drug overdose in a hotel lobby in Pinellas County, Florida.
In August, she is charged with violating her 2004 probation with a drug charge in connection with her overdose.
In September, McCready, who is pregnant with McKnight's child, is hospitalized for a drug overdose that authorities describe as an attempted suicide.
McCready is convicted on one count of driving on a suspended license in connection with her May 2005 drunk driving arrest.
In July, McCready is charged with misdemeanor battery and resisting arrest after getting into a fight with her mother. She is again charged with violating probation on a 2004 drug charge.
The country singer is sentenced in September to a year in jail, two years of probation and 200 more hours of community service for violating the terms of her 2004 probation. She is released from jail in December.
McCready is charged in June with falsifying her community service hours in connection with her 2007 probation. She is sentenced to 60 days in jail and begins serving time in September. She is released in October after serving only half the sentence.
In December, McCready attempts suicide at her Nashville-area home by slitting her wrists. She is discovered by her brother, who calls 911.
McCready goes public with her battle with drugs and alcohol, signing on to appear on the third season of "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" alongside Mackenzie Phillips, Heidi Fleiss and Dennis Rodman. The episodes air in 2010.
During filming, McCready suffers a seizure as she detoxes from drugs and alcohol.
McCready attempts a music comeback with the release of the album "I'm Still Standing," which spawns the single "I'm Still Here."